Why in News?
The Supreme Court has extended for an indefinite period the deadline to link Aadhaar with services such as mobile phone, banking and insurance etc.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
SC is hearing a slew of petitions challenging the legality of the Act passed in 2016. Those opposed to it have challenged it on several counts, including violation of a citizen’s right to privacy and passing of the Aadhaar Act as a money bill.
Highlights of the Judgment
i)The court ruled the government will not insist on the 12-digit unique identification number for a number of services, including holding common entrance tests and issuing passports.
ii)In the case of welfare schemes run by the government and subsidies provided by it such as cooking gas subsidy and wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, however, the court said that the citizen would have to either get Aadhaar or declare to the authorities that he or she had applied for it.
iii)However, benefits, subsidies and services covered under Section 7 of The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 should remain undisturbed.
NOTE4STUDENTS-Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act says that the Centre and State governments can insist on Aadhaar for the purpose of establishing the identity of an individual as a condition for receipt of a subsidy, benefit or service for which the expenditure is incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India.